March 13, 2020

US Declares National Emergency

On Friday, March 13, President Trump declared the COVID-19 pandemic a national emergency. This designation comes with up to $50 billion in federal aid to states and local governments and frees up funding for increasing medical resources. 

President Trump also declared a national emergency under the National Emergencies Act, which allows regulatory assistance toward the crisis. 

Related: ACEP sent a letter to the HHS secretary outlining COVID-19 policy priorities to ensure EM physicians and health care systems have the necessary resources to provide care during this pandemic. Read a summary of ACEP's ongoing federal and regulatory advocacy. 


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